The Beauty of Cloth Diapers!

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The beauty of Cloth Diapers!

Why Cloth Diaper?

Here are just a few great reasons to use cloth diapers with your little one.

  • Natural

  • Comfortable

  • Chemical Free

  • Biodegradable

  • Cost Saving

  • Fit

  • Convenience

  • Reduce household garbage/waste

Cloth diapers are made from natural products and are therefore more gentle against baby's skin. They are also soft and much more comfortable. Cloth diapers do not contain the chemicals found in disposable diapers and can be less irritating to their sensitive skin. Cotton and other plant-based materials are the main fabric sources used in making cloth diapers. This makes them biodegradable and MUCH more environmentally friendly! This is important if we want to leave some non-landfill space for our little ones to enjoy!!

Cost savings is another big reason that people choose to use cloth diapers. While the initial investment seems high, there is a large cost savings over the 2-3+ years that each little one is in diapers. The average baby goes through 6-12 diapers per day (depending on their age and body). That is 2,190-4,380 diapers per year, or 5,475-10,950 diapers before they are potty trained (if at 2.5 years)! That is a substantial number of disposable diapers to purchase, plus the cost of disposable wipes! With cloth diapers, you have the initial investment of a handful of diapers that you can re-use and quickly benefit from the cost savings. Since a cloth diaper will last through 2+ kids if cared for properly, your savings very quickly becomes substantial. You have initial investment upfront for child #1, but child #2, #3, etc. are free. With disposable diapers, you continue the large diaper expense for each child, not to mention the waste produced going straight to landfills.

Another great benefit to cloth diapers is that you can achieve a custom fit that works best for your baby. This will make life much more comfortable for your little one, as well as making your job of diapering more convenient (better fit equals less mess). Diapering systems today have become so convenient to use and you'll never have to worry about running to the store because you're almost out of disposables! Now that's convenient.

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Where To Find Great Cloth Diapers?

Well, what makes a great cloth diaper?! Quality, quality, quality, cost, fit, durability and ease of use and care are a few of the more important things that come to mind for me. I know it can be hard to find good quality diapers at a reasonable price. The main line brands can be very expensive running upwards of $17-$20 a piece. While the investment would still be a cost savings over the long haul of your child's diapering years, the initial investment is quite considerable at those prices. Is there a lower cost alternative that provides equal quality (if not better), a great fit, durable, easy to use and care for and is about HALF the price? The answer is yes, of course! I have found these great diapers and would like to share them with you.

The All Together Cloth Diaper Company has a great history that explains the great fit and quality of their diapers. You don't have to be a diaper expert to see the difference in these diapers.
All Together Diaper company started as a diaper service in 1990 is the Salt Lake City area. They had hundreds of indivdual customers, as well as they were the diaper service for a major regional hospital. During their first 7 yrs, they had well over 5 million diaper changes on their products and now their diapers are used in several major US hospitals as well as thousands of homes. 45% of their customers used the AIO Diapering solution. All Together no longer runs a diaper service, rather they now focus on designing and producing various diapering products. They have used this experince of 15yrs to develop their AIO design and quality. They source the best materials possible and their seamstressess have decades of sewing experince. All material is sourced and cut is a centralized location near Salt Lake City, Utah and the sewing takes place in the homes of moms and grandmoms who choose to stay at home to spend more time with their families. All diapers go thru a quality control process to ensure each one meets the All Together quality standards and shape. They are 100% made in the USA.

I have used these diapers myself and they are great! The fitted and AIO's have a wonderful, adjustable, durable and easy-to-care-for closure method. They are very absorbant, with great wicking so the babies bottom keeps nice and dry. The AIO waterproof covering is the strongest and thickest I have ever come across so they will last through several children. They are super easy to care for as they can withstand industrial washing and high-heat drying. Go and check out The All Together Diaper Company, I highly recomend them.

If you don't feel like you know what to look for when purchasing cloth diapers, check out my book, The Complete Cloth Diaper Book , because I go through, in detail, all the available fabrics used in cloth diapers today so you can be educated when you make that purchase. These are lots of poorly made diapers available on the internet. My book will help you weed out the poor diapers and give you confidence in your purchase. If you would like to join my free newseltter, visit my site, www.diddes.com and sign up to get cloth diaper information sent directly to you. A great resource.



'Liners: The Poop Filters'

While cloth diapering has become much more convenient, liners can make the job even easier.

Diaper liners are made to lie just inside the diaper, between diaper and baby. They catch the poop, while urine passes through. Some can also help reduce stains in diapers.

There are cloth (washable) and disposable liners. Cloth liners are easy to make, environmentally friendly and cost effective. You can also make or purchase them in soft fabrics, which feel nice next to baby's skin. Microfleece, for example, is soft and wicks moisture away from baby. There may also be a small amount of extra absorbency provided with a cloth liner. They can be washed with the diapers.

Disposable liners are a big hit with dads! If using disposable liners, it is best for the environment to choose a biodegradable one. There are flushable biodegradable liners that are even safe for septic tanks. Disposable liners are more stiff, but soften when moist in diaper.

To use the liners, place on or inside cloth diaper. Place liner and diaper under baby's bottom. Apply diaper as usual, just make sure the liner is between baby's bottom and diaper to contain any mess.

Some liners require folding. This is so they can be used on any size baby/toddler or with any diapering system. Just fold to the size that will fit, and cover, your baby's diaper to protect it from soiling.

When changing diaper, just peel off liner and toss diaper in pail. If cloth liner, either shake poop into toilet and toss in pail, or rinse and toss in pail. Liners are much easier to rinse than the whole diaper. If flushable liner, just toss in toilet and flush. You're done!

If using disposable liners and diaper was not soiled, you can toss in pail with diaper and run through washer/dryer. Then you can re-use the disposable liner and save the waste and cost. Many disposable liners will hold up through at least one wash, sometimes two or three!

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The Complete Cloth Diaper Book Released!

The most comprehensive and current book available anywhere about the benefits and choices in cloth diapering today. PLUS, patterns and illustrated sewing instructions for making your own diapers, covers, all-in-ones(AIO), soakers and more!

You'll find everything you need to know to make choices about cloth diaper options and begin using them with your little one. I discuss styles, fabrics used and caring for them, benefits and drawbacks to the different styles, accessories, sewing techniques and much much more.

If you are experienced with cloth diapers, this book will educate you on the latest fabrics and accessories available, and discuss sewing techniques to customize your diapers to improve fit and/or absorbancy..
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1 Comments:

Blogger Gorgelife said...

Adria, this is great info. Thanks alot. I purchased your book as well and loved it! thanks for all your hard work here. I'm telling all my friends..

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